Showing posts from February, 2023

2023.1 January

  Titles earned this month....    AKC Canine Good Citizen AKC Virtual Scent Work Beginner Link to Mookie's titles   What is a title, really?  (...a must read!)  January photos are in this album!  January videos are added to this album! Mook started off the month by getting the AKC Virtual Scent Work Beginner title.  These titles, rather than having the dog search for essential odors, require a ball, toy and treat to be found.  We videotaped the 2 required searches for all three levels and sent the beginner videos off to the AKC.  After that certificate arrived I sent the second level videos, called the intermediate level, off to the AKC.  We're still, after 30 days, awaiting a response from regarding for that title.  When it arrives, the experienced level will be submitted. It was a blast setting up the searches but figuring out which rooms in the house and which areas outside would work for the different levels.  Then my friend, Mary Ann, happily, in 20 degree with a wind ch

UKC Conformation

UKC Conformation is a competitive event open to UKC registered purebred dogs, designed to evaluate a dog’s external appearance and structure as it compares to a breed standard. The breed standards describe the ideal qualities measurable through movement, appearance, and temperament of each breed.  UKC Conformation is unique from other registries as it does not allow the use of professional handlers creating a venue in which the owner-handler can excel. Conformation is a great gateway to the other UKC events and is an important part of UKC’s Total Dog award. Total Dog is an award given to dogs that not only look good in the Conformation ring, but can also excel in UKC’s Performance Events (Agility, Obedience, Rally Obedience, Hunting Events, etc.). UKC strongly believes that the Total Dog philosophy is a great test of canine ability and strengthens the bonds between dogs and their owners. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And the journey begins (in reverse order) 2023 February  No doubt the